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  • Jan 3, 2009
Rating:
+3
After the last Mortal Kombat game I had all but given up on the series. They had strayed so far from their roots...I thought they would never find that path that made them so successful in the early nineties...until I heard about Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.

Story:

It is a fighting game...and while you may think there isn't much in terms of a plot...you will be amused by the not so serious story line in the game. An interdimensional accident merge the to evil leaders of both worlds...Shao Kahn of MK and Darkseid of DC...to kreate a very poor boss...Dark Kahn. This causes both universes to merge...while each character and each team remains true to their respected series.

Gameplay:

This is the make or break aspect of all fighting games...and MK vs DC does a remarkable job upgrading its fighting engine. Story is probably the first mode the gamer will undertake. In story mode you can pick either the Mortal Kombat or DC side of the story and play through using various characters to the end. Let's face it...MK does not do story modes very well...and this game is no exception. Kombat mode is the series' bread-n-butter...and it packs quite a punch in this area. Both line-ups are chalked full of characters you can choose. The fighting engine is similar to previous Mortal Kombat styles...you'll find lots of tapping and button mashing. New to this one are Freefall Kombat, in which you pummel one another while falling to a lower part of the stage, and Klose Kombat, which occurs when a grapple is used. They both use a guess which button the opponent is pressing to determine who wins...which is a bit too random for its own good. Each character has a unique fighting style which makes replay value high and keeps the game fresh and fun.

Graphics and sound:

The characters on both sides look better than ever and do a great job utilizing the power of a next gen console...with tearing outfits and battle damage adding a lot to the presentation. The only fault was the secondary outfits of the kombateers...it seems a golden opportunity was missed here...but overall the graphics are quite good. If you have ever played any Mortal Kombat in the past then you know how well the sound is in the series...from the voice acting to the bone crunching...all is done to match the intensity of the game.

Final thoughts:

There are some flaws in the game...and some missed opportunities to truly make a game for the ages...but what is presented to the gamers is good and a refreshing romp down the lane that made this franchise so popular in the early nineties.
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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is a fighting game merging the worlds and characters of the Mortal Kombat video game universe and that of DC comics. Featuring a deep storyline developed by top writing talent, iconic fighting arenas from both universes, character specific attacks and moves, two all-new fighting mechanics and single player and multiplayer support, it has something for every fan of the video game arcade fighting genre.

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Raiden laying into Superman in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3
Match-ups you never thought possible.
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Character-specific abilities.
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Batman battling Liu Kang in Freefall Kombat in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3
Combine abilities into Fusion powers.
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Rage Mode in action in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3
50%+ damage in Rage Mode.
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Wonder Woman knocking Raiden's block off in Klose Kombat in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3
New Klose Kombat mechanic.
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Story
The story of how the heroes and villains of Mortal Kombat and the DC universe could find themselves not only existing on the same plain, but battling each other revolves around coincidental victories in the respective realms by Raiden and Superman. In Raiden's case it was a victory over Shao Kahn, while Superman bested Darkseid. These occurred at the exact same time and involved inter-dimensional elements, which somehow merged their two enemies into one being, Dark Kahn, while allowing the characters of the two universes to interact. In this merging the powers of the heroes and villains are scrambled as well, making some stronger than they ever were, and leaving others vulnerable for the first time in their lives, allowing each to battle on more or less equal footing. And battle they do without ...
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ESRB: T
Number of Players: Single-player, Multi-player
Publisher: Midway Games
Developer: Midway Amusement Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Console: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Fighting
Release Date: November 16, 2008 (NA)
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